our story...

In 2006, Sam Pannier, founder and owner of Tiki Tours of Charleston, relocated to Charleston to pursue his degree at the College of Charleston. It was during this time that his passion for watersports ignited. After moving to Sullivan’s Island, his connection with aquatic activities deepened. He embarked on his journey by establishing his inaugural watersport venture, Hidrofly LLC. 

After several years of providing exhilarating water experiences, he aspired to elevate his endeavors. Fueled by the desire to create a platform for people to host gatherings and relish in moments of joy with friends, family, and colleagues, he conceptualized the idea of Tiki Tours of Charleston. This marked the inception of a new chapter in his entrepreneurial voyage.

In 2018, he acquired a 40-foot pontoon boat and embarked on a transformational journey. With unwavering determination, he converted the boat into a captivating Tiki Boat, now famously known as ‘The Friki Tiki’, a 32 passenger boat, with plenty of cooler space, a restroom, and an unobstructed view of Charleston from the water.

Tiki Tours of Charleston offers one of the most scenic and relaxing ways to experience the number one tourist destination in the world: from Charleston Harbor! Take a cruise on the “Friki Tiki”, and feel the cool sea breeze as you enjoy a sunset cruise, live music, bachelor/bachelorette party, corporate event, or your own Special Event! 



Learn more about our cruise offerings or book a private event HERE.  

check our new location and new boat

We are now extending our business to Myrtle Beach, SC, with a new 18-passenger boat named ‘The Friki Tiki Jr,’ a nod to the original boat.

Visit Tiki Tours of Myrtle Beach if you are interested on booking a cruise with us there.